24 players to compete for 1 spot in US Amateur match play

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Cole Hammer and Daniel Hillier were tied at the top after two rounds of the U.S. Amateur, but the more compelling action on Tuesday was further down the leaderboard. Two dozen players were tied for 64th place after two rounds of stroke play at Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill. With the top 64 advancing to match play, that means all 24 will compete in a sudden-death playoff Wednesday morning for the last spot in the knockout rounds. They’ll be divided into six foursomes and start…

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Column: Best measure of Woods is when he has the lead

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tiger Woods once said it could not be considered a truly great year without winning a major. Five years ago, he never would have said it could be a good year without winning any tournament. This year is an exception. Woods closed with a 64 on Sunday at Bellerive, his lowest final round in a major. He finished at 266, breaking by three shots his personal best over 72 holes in a major. Neither was enough to win the PGA Championship. His last major was 10…

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Woods’ charge, Koepka’s win drive strong PGA ratings

NEW YORK (AP) — The charge by Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship and the two-shot victory by Brooks Koepka drew the highest final-round coverage for the major in nine years. CBS Sports said Monday that Sunday’s round at Bellerive drew a rating of 6.1 and share of 14 — up 69 percent from last year. The top viewership market was St. Louis (11.5/24), site of the year’s last major. Fort Myers, Florida, was next, followed by Kansas City, Missouri; Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida; Dayton, Ohio; and West Palm Beach, Florida.…

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Future bright for Woods after PGA, but Koepka is in the way

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Over an ear-splitting afternoon in which most of the cheers weren’t for him, Brooks Koepka got a taste of what golf feels like when Tiger Woods is in the hunt. And in his exhilarating but ultimately futile attempt to catch Koepka at the PGA Championship, Woods got a taste of what it’s going to take to get back on top in the majors. Woods provided the thrills Sunday — a fist-pumping, club-slamming, roller-coaster ride of a final round in which he threatened from beginning to end…

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The Latest: Early groups post low scores at PGA Championship

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the PGA Championship, golf’s final major of the year (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Tiger Woods is on the prowl at the PGA Championship. After lipping out his birdie putt at the first, Woods rolled in a 10-footer for birdie at the second, then nearly holed out his approach to the par-3 third for a tap-in birdie. That got Woods to 10 under for the championship, two back of third-round leader Brooks Koepka. Woods is trying to win his fifth PGA and 15th…

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Key hole at the PGA Championship

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A look at the key hole Saturday in the third round of the PGA Championship: HOLE: 17. YARDAGE: 550 PAR: 5 STROKE AVERAGE: 4.45 RANK: 18 KEY FACT: Tiger Woods was hole high, staring at a 20-foot putt for eagle that would’ve put him in second place. He needed three to get down and settled for par. Later, Brooks Koepka two-putted from 12 feet for birdie to ensure himself a two-shot lead over Adam Scott.

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Stephen Curry shoots 86, finishes last in Web.com event

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry dropped 11 strokes to par on the first eight holes and shot a/an 16-over 86 on Friday to finish last in the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic. The Golden State Warriors star, making his second appearance in the event at TPC Stonebrae, finished at 17-over 157 after opening with a 71 on Thursday. Curry was last among the 154 finishers — 33 strokes behind leader Alex Prugh — and missed the cut by 13 strokes. Last year, Curry shot 74-74 to tie for 148th…

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The Latest: Kodaira delivers first eagle of PGA Championship

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the PGA Championship, golf’s final major of the year (all times local): 12 p.m. Dustin Johnson has five birdies in a six-hole stretch on his second nine, sending the world’s top-ranked player to 4 under for his second round at the PGA Championship. Johnson’s run began after a bogey at the second when he knocked a wedge to within 10 feet at the par-3 third. He made a long birdie putt at the next hole, knocked his approach close at the fifth and…

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Players wear yellow to honor fallen friend, Jarrod Lyle

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Of course, Rickie Fowler would’ve given the world to have worn the blue shirt he’d laid out for Thursday’s opening round of the PGA Championship. Instead, he put on bright yellow — a shirt that matched the color hat his buddy Jarrod Lyle liked to wear when he played. The Aussie golfer died Wednesday night after a long bout with leukemia. Tributes to him were everywhere at Bellerive Country Club, mainly in the form of yellow ribbons that many players pinned to their hats. Fellow Aussie…

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